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Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible [Hardcover]

Paul S. Taylor
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Book Description

September 15, 1998 4 and up Preschool and up

Children often have a big problem understanding how dinosaurs fit with Creation and the Bible. Yet the basic mystery about dinosaurs is easy to solve with the help of God's Word. This unusual book presents dinosaurs as a part of God's wonderful creation and uses them to introduce important Biblical concepts concerning Creation, the nature of God, Man's fall to sin, Noah's Flood, Christ's redemption, and God's plan for the restoration of paradise.

Many a new dinosaur discoveries are revealed.

"This is a wonderfully unique book. Children will find it fascinating...adults will appreciate its unusual new insights...I am glad to recommend it heartily to young and old alike." and #151;Dr. Henry M. Morris

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Chariot Victor Publishing; Rev Upd edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781430712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781430715
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated by Creationist Standards September 13, 2013
By T-Rex 5
To be clear, I don't have a problem with children's books that compare creationist theories with evolutionist theories. Even so, this is a poor book. Perhaps it was cutting-edge creationism when it was published in the 1980's, but it is very outdated for 2013. The author postulates many of his own theories concerning the dinosaurs, but gives little evidence to back them up, nor does he mention other creationist (or evolutionist) theories concerning dinosaurs. The illustrations are bland and simplistic. The writing and organization was hard for my children to follow. The book does contain some basic information on dinosaurs & gives appropriate biblical references.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated straw man January 9, 2014
By Max
The biggest problem with this book is that he uses the classic straw man argument. He brings up a valid critique of X, then states that because X is wrong so is Y. Even though the two are not related. For instance, because the Spinosaurus had a delicate ridge on its head, the T-rex could not have been a meat-eater.

He uses the phrase: "No one knows" far too often. This shows a lack of understanding of science. The idea is that no one really knows, but based on the evidence X, and Y, we infer Z. If and when we find Z, we will find out if we are right. If Z is different then the theory is modified to adjust for Z.

He states at the beginning of his book that "Many old ideas and drawings [of dinosaurs] are outdated." Then he proceeds to use old drawings and ideas. In one page he points out "The wrong-headed dinosaur" then three pages later he shows a drawing of the same dinosaur with the wrong head! Its a minor inconsistency, but an inconsistency non-the-less.

He brings up modern dinosaur sightings; this was a bad choice. Now, a quick internet search shows that most of his modern dinosaurs are either cryptozoological animals, or were other animals. The Zuiyo-Maru carcass, for example, was brought forth as a modern plesiosaurus. However, it was found in1978 to have been the remains of a basking shark--ten years before this book was written.

He gets distracted with sin too much. I realize that this is a Christian book, but its a book about dinosaurs. A lesson on sin and salvation is a distraction that far too many pieces a Christian media feel compelled to include. It is very unlikely that someone who is not a Christian would actually pick up this book.
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106 of 162 people found the following review helpful
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When one criticizes this book it is no doubt because they don't understand that many Christian children are being fed disinformation in school, on tv and in movies. The book clearly explains (and proves) that dinosaurs did indeed exist after the flood and were not unknown to the writers of the Bible. It is not a book per se about evolution, but works well as a companion to the subject. Once we realize that dinosaurs are not as old as we're often told, the theory of macro-evolution is shown to be just that--- a theory, with no secure basis in factual history. I have owned a copy of this book since 1989 and frequently use it as a teaching aid, its bountiful illustrations rivet children's attention. But it is also useful for teens and adults who question the historic accuracy of the Sacred Scriptures.
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63 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Biblical view of creation, dinosaurs April 21, 1999
This book is similar to David Unfred's book about the Bible and dinosaurs (dragons, monsters, serpents), and both are good for children if you want the Christian perspective on the matter. See what Genesis says about how young our earth is. See what happened to the dinosaurs and many other animals who became fossils (in the great flood of Noah's time). Man and dinosaur did live together, but climatic changes after the flood and hunting brought on their demise (or at least the demise of most of them). There is still evidence that their may be some of these creatures in the oceans and in remote parts of the world. The Biblical mentions in Job of behemoth and leviathan open up a whole new perspective for Christians who were not familiar with this and the truth of Genesis is upheld. There are color and black and white illustrations for the children to look at while you read to them. This book and David Unfred's book "Dinosaurs and the Bible" are both good. They address generally the same topic, but each brings out some different aspects on the topic (see also my comments on Unfred's book as they would apply to this book, also). I highly recommend both to parents. "There was no death until Adam sinned."
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19 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than a live T-Rex April 17, 2013
By David
This is, quite simply, the single most ridiculous tome I have ever laid my eyes upon. I will admit that I found it in an old school office I was taking over and was in the process of handing it to my seven year old son when I saw the small print "and the Bible" and stopped to skim through it. Needless to say, my aforementioned child knows considerably more scientific facts regarding dinosaurs than the author, Paul S. Taylor. My family is Christian and believes in God, but we would no more pass on the abject and pitiful lies in this book than burn a bible. There is room for God and dinosaurs, but not like this. Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark. Vegetarian T-Rexes in Eden. And, of course, multiple mentions of dinosaurs (in disguise) in the Good Book. If you want to read it for irony or satire, enjoy. Letting a child read it as an educational text is doing them a severe scholastic disservice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of mistaken theories.
I'm afraid that the reality is that I thought this book was great at one point, but now find that it is rather strange. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nolen
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Published 3 months ago by Ladonna M. Combs
1.0 out of 5 stars SADLY ILUSTRATED
At the beginning you imagine its gonna have a lot more illustrations, but when you open it the illustrations are poor and deficient. Its not recommended for anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Jeronimo Sainz
5.0 out of 5 stars My " Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible" book.
I love this book!! I 1st heard about these books through a program about Creation in the 21st Century. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Super wordy
We got this book for our son who loves learning about dinosaurs. It's very wordy and I didn't expect quite so much writing in it. My son is 5 but he likes it.
Published 4 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This is a good children's book about dinosaurs for those who disagree with evolutionary thinking. The book is for children and as such is limited as to the scientific evidence... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Young pippin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
Great Book. So informative. Love the pictures. All my kids like it and grandkids too. So glad to have this excellent book.
Published 11 months ago by Star
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Dinasaur Mystery and the Bible by Paul S. Taylor
It depends on how open you are to new or different ideas about Creation and the Bible how much you will enjoy or learn from this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Constant Rearder
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous anti-science
Though it features good illustrations and factual information about the types of dinosaurs, this piece of garbage is outrageous in how it ignores geological evidence. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Doug Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Behemoth, Leviathan (Job 40 & 41) as well as a host of...
FIRST CLASS. This is an excellent book. Gives us a fuller understanding that dinosaurs ARE in the bible (Behemoth, Leviathan - Job 40 & 41 (and detailed description too) AS WELL as... Read more
Published 21 months ago by littlemouse
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